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It’s been quite a year for U.S. foreign policy, with plenty of undertakings both naughty and nice. Read more»

US President Barack Obama greets UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the State Memorial Service of the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at FNB Stadium in Soweto.

US President Barack Obama gave an end-of-year press conference Friday, and it likely — much like his entire year — didn't go as he planned. After brief opening remarks, the president's very first question came from Julie Pace of the Associated Press. "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?" she asked. It all went downhill from there. Read more»

Roses lie amongst rows of gravestones assembled by Oxfam, Northern Ireland, symbolizing the 93,00 people killed in Syria on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recent events have left President Obama with no good options in the Middle East.

It's been a tumultuous week across the Middle East. Read more»

Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, captured during the 'Opening Remarks' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008.

The United States is scrambling to get planned talks with Afghanistan back on track, after denying reports that it agreed to meet with the Taliban. Read more»

Karzai was greeted in Washington, D.C., by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in early January.

Analysis: As Karzai insinuates Washington-Taliban collusion, fault lines deepen in an already troubled relationship. Read more»

An Afghan soldier trains with U.S. troops in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in March.

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, deep corruption persists in the country, and can easily undermine the success of U.S. development efforts there. A report expressed concern about continuing thefts of fuel and cash, the shortcomings of local security forces, bribery of local and U.S. officials, and contractors that fail to deliver. Read more»

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit troops at Fort Stewart, Ga., on Friday. The president made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden.

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Read more»

The Taliban has vowed revenge against the United States after an American soldier allegedly went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in Kandahar province, killing 16 Afghan civilians. Read more» 1

U.S. Army soldiers scan an area of Arezo village, Afghanistan, from a rooftop in October.

An American soldier walked into a village near his base in southern Afghanistan, and shot and killed at least 16 civilians early Sunday morning. Read more»

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a video that appears to show United States Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. The unverified 39-second video, posted online Wednesday, claims to show combat-ready soldiers desecrating the remains of several bodies on the ground. Read more» 4

Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's half brother, was assassinated by his head of security on July 12, 2011. Read more»

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ed Franco plays with local refugee children in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul, Afghanistan on April 8, 2007.

In the wake of Tuesday’s assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s half brother and the most powerful man in Kandahar, and Thursday's suicide bombing of a mosque where his service was being held, U.S. and Afghan forces in Kandahar City are on a heightened state of alert. Read more»

There is much that is unclear about the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai. But there is one thing that is virtually certain: it will make the situation worse.The power vacuum it creates could quite possibly be filled by someone even worse. Read more»

A U.S. Special Forces medic treats a soldier who received shrapnel wounds from a rocket-propelled grenade while battling Taliban fighters in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in April 2007.

When President Obama ends the guessing game and closes the door on speculation by announcing how many troops are coming home, the speech likely will leave many important policy questions unanswered. Read more»

Afghan President Hamid Karzai chats with President Barack Obama at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.

As the White House decides how many U.S. troops to withdraw as part of its handover to Afghan leadership, policymakers must explore broader questions on U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more»

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